July 25, 2004

First in faith, freedom, fellowship, and Wauwatosa

 


Table of Contents

New Beginnings Series Focuses on Christian Essentials

Tosa Quilters Donate Quilt to FCC

Minister's Musings

Welcome New Members

Rev. Carrie Kreps Begins New Ministry

Vacation Bible School Bursts with Energy

Covenant Class Returns to 9th–10th Grade

Where Do Ministers Come From?

Annual Meeting of the National Association

Garden Tour with Melody Narr

Lectionary Readings

In Brief

 



New Beginnings Series Focuses on Christian Essentials
— Small group leaders needed—

Who is Jesus, and why should I care? Why am I not where I want to be? What happens when I die? Can I trust God? How does God speak to me? How do I speak to God?

These are some of the important religious questions we will take up in Beginnings: An Introduction to Christian Faith, a 10-session adult education program about the essentials of the Christian faith, which begins in the fall.

Beginnings invites seekers and new believers, as well as more experienced church members, to take a fresh look at the Christian faith in a relaxed setting. The program includes individual study during the week, weekly meetings that begin with a meal, a 20-minute video presentation and discussion of the video and readings. The group activities will be in small groups of 6 to 12 people. There will be as many small groups as there is interest.

Watch for more information about the series which will premiere the week after Rally Sunday, September 12 and conclude before Thanksgiving.

Special note: If you are interested in being trained as a Beginnings small group leader, please contact Rev. Samuel Schaal at 414-258-7375 or Schaals@firstchurchtosa.org.
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Tosa Quilters Donate Quilt to FCC

Tosa Quilters love to donate their beautiful works of art to our community. This is their third donation of a full quilt, the first to the Wauwatosa Historical Society, the second to our church for a raffle in 2002, and now a third one to our church this spring. They also donate baby quilts to ABC Quilts, an organization that distributes the quilts to AIDs and High Risk babies here in southeast Wisconsin. This year they donated 74 quilts!

The quilters are a group of 84 who meet 7–9 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in the social hall of our church, and have been meeting for 12 years.

This quilt was made by at least 30 members of the group, and is a beautiful study of blue and white unique squares on a white background with a blue border. It is truly an incredible labor of love.

The Board of Benevolences and Church Relations has voted to raffle this generous donation to raise funds for our FCC scholarship for the Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies (CFTS) to help give future ministers the best financial support we can. (See “Where Do Ministers Come From, this issue.)

We will run this raffle for two months so everyone in our church has a chance to participate in this worthy cause. Tickets will go on sale Aug 1, 2004 and sell through Sept 30, 2004, or whenever 3000 tickets are sold, so don't wait! Ticket prices are $5.00 each or 3/ $10.00. The drawing is set for October 6 at the All-Church dinner. The Quilt will be on display every Sunday in August and September. Tickets will be sold those days, and also in the church office. Good Luck!

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Minister’s Musings

I was attending the annual meeting of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches at the end of June. As I met clergy colleagues and lay leaders from across the country they asked, “How are things in Tosa?” My answer to a routine question also became somewhat routine, “Things are well at Tosa and there’s never a dull moment!” All one has to do is to look around in order to see the truth of that statement. Over the last several weeks we’ve been busy. Among the happenings at FCC: we held a successful Vacation Bible School, participated in Wauwatosa’s Fourth of July parade, received new members, oriented our new board and committee members to their tasks, hosted a wonderful group of students from the Ulster Project and welcomed our new minister for youth and family. All the while we’ve been doing what it means to “be church.” We’ve worshipped, prayed, fellowshipped, studied and taught, and cared for the sick, the dying, and the bereaved. Things may slow down here in the summer – though not by much! – but life here at old First Church is never dull, nor should it ever be!

Now two months into my third year as your minister, I continue to be encouraged by what I see. We’re growing, not by leaps and bounds, but as we should be, slowly and steadily. We’re looking to how we can not only attract new members, but how we can make sure that our new members remain a part of us. We’re giving serious thought to who we are and what this means for us as a community of faith and what that implies for our service to the community around us. We’re coming to a point of stability after a long period of transition and now have our full complement of staff in place with the potential for solid programming that will fuel our spiritual growth.
There are a number of people who help to make sure that life at First is never dull and I feel very blessed to be working with them. My ministry among you is supported by some wonderful folks, like Sam Schaal, Carrie Kreps, Cindy Payette, Carla Cummings, Carrie Sgarlata, and Lee Jacobi, Betty Dethmers, and the music staff. We have incredible support in the office staff, Anne Callen, Sally Boyle, and Betty Blank. And the building maintenance staff are unsung heroes as they keep the place spic and span and make sure everything is running; kudos to Rich Raymond, Kelly Bartley, Karl Kalusok, and Matt Strandt, for work well done. As I think of the lack of dull moments, I also think of all the others, too numerous to mention, who volunteer their time and look for no other reward than knowledge of a job well done and this church made a little stronger. We should all be grateful that there are those willing to step up so that life here can be better and better, I know I thank God for them, and for you all, each day.

There are many ways that churches grow and I become more and more convinced that healthy churches will grow in a way that is appropriate to them. One thing that has become clearer and clearer to me is that we can never really grow outwardly until we’ve grown inwardly. In other words, we need to concentrate on solidifying our spiritual lives as a covenant community and then focus on outreach after we’ve reached inward. While spiritual growth should always be a part of who we are as a church, Sam, Carrie, and I would like to particularly focus on spirituality in the coming program year. We’ll be offering a number of different programs throughout the year designed to reach people who are at every level in their spiritual walk. There will be opportunities to learn the basics of prayer, the Christian faith, and Bible study, as well as more advanced offerings. All of them are designed to do one thing – to draw us all closer to God and to one another. Two years ago we took as our theme one borrowed from the Shakers: “Hands to work and Hearts to God.” We lived through that theme in every aspect of life at First Church and people responded to it with great enthusiasm. Now as we stress “hearts to God” in a fresh way I want to reprise the theme for this year. Together let’s put “hands to work and hearts to God” and experience the growth God has for us here on Church Street.

So, how are things at FCC-Tosa? They’re well and there’s never a dull moment! Have a good remainder of the summer – don’t forget that we’re here for worship each Sunday at 10 a.m. – and get ready to grow as the people of God!
Peace and good!
Rev. Steven A. Peay, Ph.D.
Minister
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Welcome These New Members to the First Congregational Church Family

Michael & Jennifer Chartier
The parents of a two-month-old daughter Molly, Michael and Jennifer reside in Wauwatosa. Michael is a Life Underwriter with Northwestern Mutual and Jennifer is in Music Administration with the Hal Leonard Corp. Michael spends part of his spare time as a volleyball coach. They found out about our church through the phone book and the Internet.

Jack & Linda Dreyer
Jack & Linda reside in Waukesha and have three grown children. Jack is in sales marketing with the R. A. Jones Company and Linda is the Senior Services Coordinator on Aging for southeast Wisconsin. Jack and Linda have been searching for a church for ten years and found us on the Internet.

George Kapke
George is a retired attorney who resides in Elm Grove. He is a snowbird who lives in Arizona during the winter months. George returned to our church after attending here while in college.

Steve & Coleen Leahy
Steve and Coleen are the parents of Ryan. They reside in Milwaukee. Steve works for Coca Cola as a route driver and Coleen is a homemaker. They were married at our church and Ryan was baptized here.

Elizabeth Steffen & Joshua Kayzar
Liz is a teacher at Swallow school and resides in Wauwatosa. She is interested in helping with our high school youth and with the spring and fall clean-ups. Liz was previously a member of a Congregational church in Green Bay.
Josh resides in Wauwatosa and is a Safety Consultant with MacNeil Environmental. He recently moved here from Green Bay and with Liz, decided to become part of our church family. Josh too, is interested in helping with our youth.

Mary Beth Stevenson
Mary Beth is a resident of Milwaukee and works in landscape with John Lamm of Jackson, Inc. She is interested in helping with gardening and landscaping on the church grounds. Mary Beth found out about our church in the yellow pages and then from our website. The first service she attended here was the celebration of our 150th anniversary.

Rhommer & Peggy Varilla
Rhommer and Peggy are the parents of Lily Vita. They are the owners of Vita’s Boutique and reside in Wauwatosa. Marc Blazich introduced them to our church, and they enjoy playing Bunko in their spare time.


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Rev. Carrie Kreps Begins New Ministry


Recently, our Ministerial Intern Carrie Kreps was called for the position of Associate Minister of Youth and Family. With just a few weeks to get her feet on the ground in this new role, she’s up and running. While she enjoyed the more general responsibilities through the internship, she is looking forward specializing her involvement with family life here at First Church.
To begin, she has been working closely with the Board of Christian Education to develop a special class for the 6–8th graders as they prepare for Covenant Class (see article in this issue).

One of Carrie’s main goals is to build relationships with the youth and be sure that they feel ownership of the programming involving them. Beginning in fall, Carrie would like to get a leadership/mentoring group together which will support the youth. She would like to form a number of small groups, each having 1–2 adult mentors with a group of students.

What else is on the burner for next year? Carrie said they are considering quite a number of things including a mission trip, small group Bible or interest studies, a short 3-day mission trip, movie/game nights with friends and more participation of the youth in worship services.

Along with all this, Carrie will also maintain an active role in worship and adult ministries including some pastoral care and visitation to add variety for all the ministers. She also does quite a bit of volunteer work with camps and will encourage further involvement from youth within our church.

In the midst of all of this, Carrie will be getting married on August 14 in Ohio. Her future husband, also a minister, has received a call to a United Methodist Church in Johnson Creek, but they’ll be living in Tosa. Carrie’s ordination/Vicinage Council will take place on October 2, so watch for further information as that approaches.
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Vacation Bible School Bursts with Energy

 
During the week of June 21st children entering junior kindergarten through those entering sixth grade participated in an action-packed, fun filled week of Vacation Bible School, “Lava Lava Island, Where Jesus’ love flows.” As the children learned about Jesus’ life, they took part in daily activities that encouraged them to apply Bible truths in their everyday lives. As they explored Jesus’ love and how they might share it with others, the kids made several unique crafts, played games, climbed the rock wall, sang new songs and grew closer to God and Jesus.

During the week, children worked on Bible books that will be sent to other children in the Dominican Republic and Latin America who are learning more about God and Christianity. In addition, the children collected pennies to pay for the shipping of these important books. The children raised more than $100.00!

Children topped off the week with a brief program for the parents and a Luau picnic for the kids and their families.
This week could not have been possible without all of the wonderful volunteers. There were many teen and parent volunteers, who dedicated their time and talent to the children of our church. Thank you to all who participated.

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Covenant Class Returns to 9th-10th Grade


In June, the Boards of Education and Deacons, and the ministerial staff, met to consider the role of our youth as members of our fellowship. The Deacons, in accordance with our church by-laws, have the responsibility to set the age or conditions for new membership, while the Board of Christian Education is responsible for the specific Covenant Class program.

Prior to 1999 our Covenant Class process involved two years of instruction with the opportunity to own the covenant at the end of the tenth grade. Our recent program has consisted of a one-year pre-covenant class followed by an eighth grade covenant course. Students were invited to own the covenant following completion of the program’s requirements. At the June joint meeting, the Deacons voted to return to the ninth and tenth grade Covenant Class model. Students will be invited to own the covenant following their completion of the two-year program.

To help better understand the purpose of the Covenant Class experience, here are the guiding principles of the program:
The Mission of Covenant Class as adopted by the Board of Christian Education, October 4, 1993, and found in the Covenant Class Mission, Objectives, and Course Requirements:
The Mission of the First Congregational Church of Wauwatosa Covenant Class Program is to better enable each student (1) to ascertain God’s will for that person, especially as that will is set forth in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, and (2) to make an informed decision as to becoming a member of the Church.

Objectives of Covenant Class
1. Know and understand the Purpose and the Covenant of our Church.

2. Develop a personal understanding and appreciation of the elements of Christian living including the duties of Church membership.

3. Develop an awareness of the importance and relevance of the Bible, become familiar with its content and learn how to better use and understand it.

4. Learn the history of the Christian Church, Congregationalism, and First Congregational Church.

During the discussion, we discovered there are many factors to be considered. Much of past deliberation has focused on what would be the appropriate age or grade for our youth to participate in Covenant Class. Related to that is the maturity level required for understanding the intellectual components of the instruction. We have explored specific curriculum offerings and experiences which could be offered, such as mission outreach, service opportunities and increased participation on boards or committees. Many of our youth possess varying degrees of foundational knowledge that sometimes has led to a less than optimal experience. In addition, the reality of today’s culture is that there is a vast diversity within our youth (as well as their families) regarding their spiritual understanding and desire as it relates to the Christian faith.

While it was often easier to focus on individual factors such as age, or curricula or perhaps specific experiential opportunities, we looked more broadly on what we expect of our new church members, and in the process better define what we expect of ourselves as a unified church family. As we seek to help our youth understand the specific components of the covenant, and thus membership, we ultimately had to decide that we, as a church body, will provide our youth with a program that offers meaningful and lasting growth in their Christian walk. We focused on what would be the necessary elements to accomplish this goal and the Boards discussed the merits of reestablishing a more comprehensive program.

The Deacons voted to define the minimum requirements for membership to be the completion of a Covenant Class program of two years, with the option to own the covenant at the end of the sophomore year. The Board of Christian Education with Associate Minister Carrie Kreps will now begin the process of building on our existing foundation to enhance our future Covenant Class program to reflect the new membership requirements for our youth.

In all of the deliberations, one thing was clear: the sincere desire of our leadership to provide the most meaningful Covenant Class experience possible. The components of our covenant provide a thorough framework and an enduring opportunity to help all our members to become true followers of our Creator.

For those families whose children will be most directly affected, we welcome the opportunity to discuss what we feel will be an exciting time in the near future at First Congregational Church. Should you have any questions, please contact Rev. Carrie Kreps (414-258-7375 or krepsc@firsthchurchtosa.org).

Serving together in faith,
Rev. Carrie Kreps
Associate Minister of Youth and Family

Matt Johnson
Chair of the Board of Deacons

Paul Stein
Chair of the Board of Christian Education


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Where Do Ministers Come From?

There is a shortage of ministers – this reality runs across denominational lines. While it struck home first, and hardest, in the Roman Catholic Church it is becoming increasingly clear that the lack of candidates for the ministry is more than just about clerical celibacy. It appears that the problem lies deeper in our societal structures. Ministers are no longer “the parson” (the person) in the community, among the best educated, looked to as a leader in the community, and respected by other professions. For a whole host of reasons those assumptions no longer hold true. As a result, young people are not as inclined to go into a profession that requires as much training as a physician or an attorney (four years college and three years initial graduate training) and does not pay nearly as well – not to mention really being on call 24–7. (Yes, ministers do work more than just Sunday morning!) What are we to do – where are our ministers going to come from?

Even though the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches is small, (431 member churches) without its own seminary, it does have a means of growing its own ministers. That means is the Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies. For over forty years CFTS has put money, encouragement, and time into candidates for the ministry. CFTS provides much needed funds to help students with their seminary training so that they do not come out of seminary with crippling debt which would limit their ability to take a small or medium sized church, which cannot afford to pay larger salaries. (There are only 17 churches in the NACCC with 550 or more members, most of our churches have 100 members or below). In addition to financial help, CFTS offers the support of fellow students studying for the Congregational ministry in a number of different seminaries, along with supplemental courses (like the Boston Seminar in Congregational History and Polity). CFTS is an innovative program that hopes to expand in the future and begin to assist local churches of the NACCC in the recruitment and encouragement of candidates for the ministry.

A church like First Church-Wauwatosa has been able to recruit candidates for its pulpit from a number of different sources. Over the years FCC has called ministers from a number of different denominational traditions, many of whom have also benefited from CFTS through the training in Congregational history and polity that it offers. FCC has also produced a number of ministers who have been CFTS Fellows, including the Rev. Alice Murphy (now serving in Colebrook, CT and chair of the NACCC Executive Committee), Revs. Richard and Mary Koch (serving in Anchorage, AK), and the Rev. Wendy Sue Earle-Kissa (also serving in CT). We have also produced other candidates for the ministry who have not been CFTS fellows (Rev. Dr. Daniel Schowalter and Rev. William Jacobs). A number of ministers who have served FCC have been CFTS fellows (most recently Rev. Chris Rygh). FCC has been blessed in many ways by and benefited from its connection to the NA and to CFTS – and vice versa.

The Board of Benevolence has taken on providing an annual scholarship in the amount of $5,000 for a CFTS fellow. The current recipient is Jeremy Woods who is attending seminary while caring for a small church in down-state Illinois. This year our “Rally Sunday” offering is focusing on supporting our CFTS Scholarship. Please give some thought to the role that good, well-trained ministers have played in your spiritual development and then give so that more women and men can answer God’s call to service. If you have questions about CFTS or the NACCC and their work, please don’t hesitate to talk with Dr. Peay (he is a former chair of CFTS and is one of the teachers of the Boston Seminar).

In addition to generously supporting CFTS think about those men and women you know who might be called to serve and might not yet know it. Sometimes the call comes when a friend asks, “Have you ever thought about the ministry?” A simple question or a word of encouragement can make all the difference. So where do ministers come from? They come from the heart of God through the heart of a church just like First Congregational Church of Wauwatosa.
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Annual Meeting of the National Association

A weekend in Providence, RI – Why? The NACCC 2004 (50th) Annual Meeting was held June 25 thru 29, 2004.
Plane is on time, bus is late – Milwaukee to Boston to Providence – fairly routine trip.

This year the theme was “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.” Forty churches from New England comprised the host committee and the sessions were well attended and meaningful for those who attended.
A video tape interview with Rev. Harry Butman during the opening business session was very moving on this 50th meeting of the NACCC and his work in its original formation.

Jim Walsh was and is again the treasurer of the NACCC. The financial news is better than the last five years. The 2003 deficit General Operating Fund budget was actually satisfied where the GOF turned from $180,000 loss to $238,000 net income during the year. Benefactor bequests were significant in the last year to make this happen. As for the investments, the gains were 20.53% overall with the Congregational Investment Trust showing a 9.5% rolling average gain over the last 4 years. The CIT also received $1,050,000 of new church enrollment. Note: This is where FCC has a majority of our endowment funds. The disappointing part was the member church giving which only rose 5.6% with the “Fair Share” giving churches being only 24% while 36% of the churches give nothing.
The new GOF budget is again proposed in deficit with a spending deficit of $88,350 over a revenue source of $639,600. This deficit budget was approved for 2004-2005.

The Association accepted six new churches into the fellowship. There are 431 churches in the Association and 131 were at the Annual Meeting. Approximately 490 individuals attended the meeting.

The business sessions involved budget discussions, by-law changes, and election of new officers. The meetings were on schedule until the session for voting on changes to the by-laws of the Association. Here there was extensive discussion and changes.
The proposed changes were aimed to clarify the meaning of “active” churches. The changes were fairly subtle, but in summary, a church that becomes inactive will be notified of that listing a year earlier and reactivation is simple. Only one segment of the proposed change made no sense and was defeated by the delegates.

A proposed change regarding the Executive Committee would have increased their authority. This proposal was amended from the floor to actually further restrain the EC’s authority between annual meetings.

A by-law change was passed to allow committees and commissions to use group level telephone conferencing to conduct business of the group. The EC already had this privilege to conduct their business. The quorum and accountability provisions were maintained as before along with electronic or postal mail minutes to be posted within 10 days of the conference.
A motion was passed to make “the Youth Subcommittee of the Church Services Commission” into a separate commission called “The Commission for Youth Ministry.” The new commission keeps the 8 existing members of the Youth Subcommittee and the CSC membership is reduced from 18 to 10.

The new officers were elected as submitted by the Nominating Committee. The new Moderator of the NACCC is Hannah Hall and the Moderator-Elect is Rev. Richard Adair. I attended sessions on “Churches in Crisis and Revitalization” and saw that there are many churches in the NACCC that are in decline and troubled because of business downsizing and lost jobs. Our church has areas defined to have been in the “recline” or “decline” in past years. Our new efforts to be “Vision Driven” and having great offerings in adult and youth education are overcoming these trends to be a church on the “incline” and fulfilling our Covenant. New members and full stewardship by all members would be real positives to further revitalization.

On a final note, as a singer, I was greatly encouraged to see the new hymnal committee’s progress in music selection and objectives. Chaired by Rev. Cindy Bacon, they are driving to a goal of a new Congregational hymnal in the fall of 2005. They will draw from the Pilgrim Hymnal and other Congregational hymnody to produce a slightly larger book with larger print and around 500 entries and a published cost of $10. I would hope that all who love music would follow this work and contribute.
This summary is fast and very brief. For further details, information will be available in our church office. n

Bill Edens
2004 delegate

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Gardening Tour with Melody Narr
by Julie Peay

Do you love to garden? Are you interested in what others have done with their yards? Is looking for new garden ideas a welcome activity? Does your list of gardening questions keep growing? Then this garden tour is for you! First Congregational Church member, Melody Narr has graciously invited any interested gardeners to tour the gardens at her private home. Melody is well known for her presentations and lectures on gardening that emphasize the benefits of planning the home garden to stir all five senses and to kindle life spiritually. Her home is located about a mile from Holy Hill on a bluff overlooking land preserved by the Department of Natural Resources. She resides there with her husband Tim, and their blended family.

When asked how Melody first became interested in gardening she reached back in her memory to her 20s. Perhaps subconsciously, she began saving articles and information about gardening while pursuing a career in media. When she had her first home in her 30s she began to try her hand implementing her ideas and found she loved gardening. She also was trying to find work that would enable her to spend more time with her young boys. Melody investigated the market and took some time to become acquainted with the industry. Having the good fortune to be able to change careers at that point in her life she was able to do both: have a schedule that allowed more family time and work in the specialty she loved. Using her sales experience from her previous career she began working for a large landscape company. Gradually she worked into the level of being more directly involved with planning and installing gardens. Through the years she has established a style and look that demonstrate her personal touch to gardening. This career change also led to romance. She met Tim through working together in the landscape business and this year they celebrate their 6th wedding anniversary. Melody and Tim are currently co-owners of Landworks, Inc.

While visiting the gardens at the Narr home we should expect to see an old fashioned cottage garden with traditional plantings. The water feature on the grounds contains a pond, several species of fish, stream and water plantings. We will also see the area planted especially for birds and butterflies, which contains berry producing shrubs and trees. Feathered visitors have included Scarlet Tanagers, Bluebirds, Indigo Buntings, Pileated Woodpeckers, a few resident wild turkeys and many others.  Perennials and shrubs abound to stimulate our senses. There is a vegetable/herb garden surrounded by a cutting garden that includes favorite annuals such as zinnias, asters, and cosmos. The porches and arbors serve as backdrops for plantings, including several varieties of clematis and roses. Recent developments include the Moon Garden which is designed to greet the evening hours with light colors and wonderful fragrance.
Melody also invites us to bring our gardening questions. She states, “I truly enjoy giving people tips to make their own gardens look good.” She warns that their “home garden” may seem a bit overwhelming to the visitor, but that all are welcome to come and enjoy the experience. It is clear that her love and enthusiasm for gardening is a gift she wants to share with as many of us as she can.

There will be a sign up sheet in the church office so that we can arrange for carpooling. On Thursday, August 26, we will meet at church at 2:45 p.m. and then carpool to the Narr's, about 45 minutes. Following the tour of the gardens and the question and answer time, those interested may visit nearby Monches Farm which will be staying open a little later just for our group.  Monches Farm specializes in perennials, garden pots, statuary, garden art and antiques. Holy Hill can be seen in the distance. We will attend this outing rain or shine. Hope you will join us!

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Lectionary Readings


August 1 9th Sunday after Pentecost
Old Testament Hosea 11: 1–11
Psalmody Psalm 107: 1–9, 43
New Testament Colossians 3: 1–11
Gospel Luke 12: 13–21

August 8 10th Sunday after Pentecost
Old Testament Isaiah 1: 1, 10–20
Psalmody Psalm 50: 1–8, 22–23
New Testament Hebrews 11: 1–3, 8–16
Gospel Luke 12: 32–40

August 15 11th Sunday after Pentecost
Old Testament Isaiah 5: 1–7
Psalmody Psalm 80: 1–2, 8–19
New Testament Hebrews 11: 29–12: 2
Gospel Luke 12: 49–56

August 22 12th Sunday after Pentecost
Old Testament Jeremiah 1: 4–10
Psalmody Psalm 71: 1–6
New Testament Hebrews 12: 18–29
Gospel Luke 13: 10–17

August 29 13th Sunday after Pentecost
Old Testament Jeremiah 2: 4–13
Psalmody Psalm 81: 1, 10–16
New Testament Hebrews 13: 1–8, 15–16
Gospel Luke 14: 1, 7–14


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In Brief


August All-Church Dinner

August 4, 2004, 6:00 p.m.
Box-lunch picnic with oven fried chicken, fruit salad, jello, pasta salad and
brownies for dessert.
Entertainment: The Mike Newman Big Band
Cost: $5/adults; $2/children under 12

Breakfast with the Girls
Hey Girls! Just a brief summer reminder to our loyal followers-and we're hoping for even more of you this year!
The steering committee has met and is working on a fun (well, we think so) calender that will kick off on September 11. Our guest speaker will be Molly O’Connell. As usual, we've been bumped by Labor Day. We're planning to offer advance tickets once again in a bargain package of 6 mornings for $25.00, so look for our table in the hall in August and plan ahead! As soon as our programming is set, we'll let you know, but remember BAKERS are ALWAYS needed so call Jennifer Wakefield and put your name on the list. I can smell the coffee already! Char Schweitzer

 

The deadline for submitting articles for the next issue of the Columns is

Monday, August 16, noon

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